Ben Earle | Songwriters Circle | Americana | Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

Event Details

Event date: 
19 March 2018
Event time: 
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Venue Address: 
Rosslyn Hill Chapel, NW3 1NG

ICMP's acclaimed Songwriter's Circle returns for an Americana themed event featuring special guest artist Ben Earle from The Shires.

This event will be held in the intimate setting of Hampstead's Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel and will be hosted by tutor Hannah Rose Platt. Featuring alongside Ben Earle will be ICMP graduate Kaity Rae, and current students Izzie Naylor and Conor Riley. These writers' will present their songs and the stories around them reflecting the ethos behind the original Nashville writers’ rounds.

Tickets for this special evening can be purchased in advance here - £10 general admission, free for ICMP students with valid ICMP Student ID.

The Shires - the biggest selling UK country act of all time

The Shires first entered the history books in 2015, when their debut album ‘Brave’ became the first ever British country album to enter the UK Top Ten. Their second album ‘My Universe’ also broke new ground by becoming the fastest-selling British country album of all time and reached the top three in the UK chart.

After an incredible two years, Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes – hailing from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire – have fast become a firm favourite in the UK country music scene. And now they’re making their mark in Nashville too.

With two gold certified albums under their belt within 12 months of each other and 9 playlisted tracks across BBC Music, The Shires are back and they’re raring to go. They will be touring the UK from 12th May to 10th June – performing at venue across the UK including London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall.


Lifting the veil on songwriters today, this writers round is a truly unique experience.

Do you love to discover new talent or listen to the finest stripped back songs? Then come along to London's fastest growing Songwriting event where Songsmiths reveal how and why their lyrics came to be. Taking place in an intimate setting, the audience gets an exclusive listen to well known hit songs stripped back sung by the writers themselves as well as new material from the most talented, up and coming, songwriting students in the UK.

Hosted by our tutors (which include a Mercury Music Prize Nominee and No 1 UK writers and artists), and featuring an exciting line-up of successful alumni along with ICMP student artists and our fantastic line up of special guests... you never know who you'll meet!

Open to all, the Songwriters' Circle attracts musicians, music lovers and industry alike. This is a unique blend of people coming together for one evening along with stunning songs and the stories around them, this is an experience you won't forget.

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